Maternal Bodies

Maternal Bodies

In the second half of the eighteenth century, motherhood came to be viewed as women's most important social role, and the figure of the good mother was celebrated as a moral force in American society. Nora Doyle shows that depictions of motherhood in American culture began to define the ideal mother by her emotional and spiritual roles rather than by her physical work as a mother. As a result of this new vision, lower-class women and non-white women came to be excluded… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

Page count: 286 pages

Language: English


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